Happy New Year! I feel like I’m expected to write like “a year in review” kind of post today, but I’m not feelin it. Instead I’m gunna talk about migraines; migraines are on my mind as I just emerged from a nasty 72 hour period of  head-crunching, world-spinning, face-tingling, and vampire-like aversion to light and noise.

The tricky thing about migraines is that they can happen anytime, anywhere. You could be in the car, at work or school, at the store, on a date, eating out with friends—and boom—a migraine can just come out of nowhere. Because of this a lot of people with migraines find it useful to have a crash kit that they take with them whenever they go out. In addition it’s always important to have a more extensive kit to fall back on at home. What goes in such a kit will vary greatly as no two migraneurs are the same. Here’s what I keep in mine.

On-the-Go Crash Kit: (keep one in purse, one in backpack- have with me at all times when I leave the house)

  • Triptans (Frova works best for me personally)55A7D547-E9B8-444B-A7E2-A9D7F8DE5B1C
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Anti-nausea meds (I use Zofran)
  • Water bottle
  • Ginger Tummy Drops
  • Protein Bar

 

At Home Kit:

  • Sports drink (I prefer low cal Gatorade)
  • Excedrin
  • A longer working NSAID like Aleve
  • Ginger Ale
  • Icy Hot (for shoulders and neck)
  • Peppermint oil (temples)
  • Steamer (sinus/face pain and congestion comes along with my migraines)
  • Higher caffeine content Kombucha
  • Foods for upset stomach (crackers, bread, applesauce, etc)
  • Stronger pain killers (only if it won’t break with normal stuff)
  • Ice pack
  • Heating pad
  • Dark, quiet room to lie down in
  • My tablet to listen to an audio book or familiar tv show (or watch once my eyes can take it)
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  • And of course everything in my on-the-go kit as well

 

 

What do you keep in your crash kit?